By: Carlos Trejo
Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables is easy if you have your own garden, but what if you live in an urban area? The concept of an urban veggie garden is becoming more popular, and it’s easy to start your own with the right space and the right materials. Even if you’re new to the idea of gardening, you can still start your very own urban vegetable garden at home. Read on for some advice and insight that will inspire you to start enjoying the fruits of your labor without ever having to leave the house.
Where to Set up an Urban Garden
You might be surprised to know that urban gardening can be done anywhere. If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, designate a section solely to your garden. However, if you live in a small condo or apartment, you can still enjoy gardening at home. Talk to your landlord and see if they’d be willing to allow a rooftop garden in a shared common space. A rooftop garden is fun to maintain, and you can share gardening tips and delicious food with your neighbors. Even a small balcony can be transformed into a garden using pots and small planters. As long as you have enough sunlight and live in a decent climate, you can start a garden anywhere. For those with limited space, consider indoor gardening using a mini greenhouse or pots with a grow light. Whatever you choose, you can set up your garden at home for a fun way to plant, grow, and eat your favorite vegetables.
Materials RequiredOnce you’ve chosen a location for your urban garden, you’ll need to gather some important materials. While urban gardening is similar to growing a garden in a rural area, there are a few things you may need to do differently. Use this checklist to ensure a successful urban garden set up:
How to Plant Veggies
It’s important to know how to plant your vegetables the right way to make sure your new garden is healthy and productive. While you may need to tweak your planting to suit your climate or your location, there are some basics that everyone should know for successful urban agriculture.
Tips and Tricks
Urban farming is easy once you get the hang of it, but there are a few extra tips and tricks you can use to make the process go smoothly.
A Mini Greenhouse in Your Backyard
Although urban living can feel cramped, there’s no reason why you can’t garden your own veggies at home. One easy way to cultivate and enjoy urban gardening is to create your very own mini greenhouse. Greenhouses keep plants warm, protected, and healthy. You can also garden year-round when you have a mini greenhouse, which makes the idea even more appealing for city dwellers. If you want to create a mini-greenhouse in your backyard or patio, there are a few things you need to know before you begin.
Materials RequiredA mini greenhouse uses small everyday objects and household items to recreate the same environment as a standard-sized greenhouse. You can make your mini greenhouse from several different materials, so consider these options to help you get started:
Setting up and Using Your Greenhouse
Once you decide which style greenhouse you want to use, it’s time to set it up for gardening. Choose an area where your greenhouse will get plenty of sun and try not to place it near the edge of the balcony where it might accidentally blow off or get knocked over. Make sure your greenhouse has proper drainage or else it could cause root rot. Drilling or cutting small holes in the bottom will allow extra water to escape. Try to keep one type of veggie in each greenhouse so that it can thrive. Certain plants may overtake others if they’re in a cramped space together.
If you’re planning to keep your greenhouse indoors, use grow lights to ensure that your veggies are getting enough light. Put the lights on a timer so that it mimics the same cycle of sunlight they’d normally get outdoors. Greenhouses are great for starter seeds, so use yours to get your vegetables strong and ready for outdoor planting. You don’t have to use your mini greenhouse just for veggies, either. They’re also a great option if you want to grow cacti and succulents or flowers like orchids. And don’t forget your herbs! Monitor moisture levels in the greenhouse since too much water can cause fungal diseases.
You don’t need a horticulture degree to enjoy an urban orchard garden, container garden, or greenhouse. With a bit of practice and some knowledge about plant life, it’s easy to enjoy a beautiful, fruitful urban garden right in your own backyard. Talk to your neighbors about a rooftop garden if possible and exchange your harvest so everyone can enjoy fresh fruits or veggies. Learn planting tricks so that you have a bountiful garden and some valuable knowledge you can share with others in your community.
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